Unknown Mobile – Daucile Moon
It’s always a pleasure to hear what Montreal-via-Vancouver’s Unknown Mobile - aka Levi Bruce - has been up to. In Daucile Moon he captures something both introverted and relational, perhaps a style of communication better shared by people and animals or plants, or expressed between non-human beings entirely (the original name for the album, Melancholic Songs For Dogs, emphasizing this strain of affinity).
Patient and tender, Daucile Moon was made during a period of recovery from a broken toe, where Bruce whiled away the days collecting MIDI files he found in an old Geocities archive, relaying melodies over to an analogue outboard setup and then back to the computer and inviting Mike Silver, aka CFCF, to play guitar over the top. This digital-analog-acoustic hybrid cradles the listener in a hammock of 90s chillout and contemporary downtempo harmony, suspended in a nostalgic haze somewhere between the rave and the sleep.
There are many special moments on this album, but “Oenology” is at this moment, this writer’s favorite one - lullaby breaks thrumming under pastoral guitar curls and an oasis of shimmering chords and wave sounds - a tableau vivant slice of life in a small, oceanside town perhaps? With gratitude to Pacific Rhythm.